NEWS: Gambero Rosso, Tanqueray with Angus Winchester, Parke Davis, Bairro Portugues, Cider Fair and more

This week’s news round up includes Gambero Rosso Italian Wine Show, Tanqueray Gin with Angus Winchester, Parke Davis, Jacob’s Creek True Friends, Bairro Português, Meat Free Week, the Mennonite Martini and Cider Fair.

Gambero Rosso: Top Italian Wines Road Show

Gambero Rosso
Gambero Rosso

Gambero Rosso, the world’s leading authority on Italian wine and publisher of the Vini d’Italia wine guide since 1987, presented the Top Italian Wines Road Show world tour on Monday 10th March 2014 at Sydney’s MCA. More than 250 Italian wines were on taste with 63 wineries participating. Highlights included Gaja Barbaresco 2010, Colsantro Sagrantino 2008, a big meaty red wine and Masi Costasera Amarone.

The Trade and Media Tasting afternoon included sold out masterclass sessions before opening the tasting to the public in the evening.

The Rook’s Juniper Society with Angus Winchester

Angus Winchester
Angus Winchester

Angus Winchester, Global Brand Ambassador for Tanqueray, visited Sydney hosted a Juniper Society session at The Rook where he shared his vast knowledge of gin, including its history and evolution. In 45 minutes, he summarised 754 years of gin and gave insights into Tanqueray which is considered the benchmark of all gins. Juniper Society meetings are held every second Monday at the Rook. You can see Gourmantic Photos of the event here.

Mennonite Martini by Rollo Anderson

Rollo Anderson
Rollo Anderson of The Rook

Old world flavours come together in Rollo Anderson’s Mennonite Martini, a well-crafted cocktail that combines two ancient spirits, genever and mezcal. The name pays homage the Mennonites who took Dutch traditions into Mexico. The drink uses jonge genever as the dominant spirit with a reposado mezcal and sugar syrup, stirred over ice with dashes of orange bitters.

The textural drink has a predomiant genever flavour on the front palate, followed by a hint of smoke from the mezcal which increases in intensity as you drink it. A japaleno garnish macerated in old style genever and fresh juniper berries gives the drink a good measure of heat which increases as it steeps in the glass.

Bairro Português Petersham Food & Wine Fair

The annual Bairro Português Petersham Food & Wine Fair is back on Sunday 16 March at Audley Street and Fisher Street, Petersham with stalls of food, drink and entertainment. See previous coverage of Bairro Português festival here.

Jacob’s Creek True Friends

Jacob’s Creek has launched True Friendship Vines and has joined forces with Naomi Watts to encourage people to get together and enjoy more quality time with their True Friends over Jacob’s Creek Cool Harvest wines.

Meat Free Week

Meat Free Week is back running from 24-30 March 2014. The initiative is to raise awareness of of the amount of meat Australians eat and the impact it has on human health, the environment and the welfare of animals. Participants of Meat Free Week are sponsored to go without meat, including seafood, for seven days in order to raise funds for one of three leading charities – Bowel Cancer Australia (health), The Australian Conservation Foundation (environment) and Voiceless, the animal protection institute (animal protection). More info from the website

Cider Fair at Newtown Hotel

Newtown Hotel will host a one day Cider Fair on Saturday 5th April featuring 25 different ciders. Entry is free and token can be bought from the bar on the day.

Parke Davis

Keep an eye out for Parke Davis, a new cocktail bar located at 125 York Street in the CBD in the basement of the Cuban Place, formerly known as La Bodeguita del Medio.

Photography © by Kevin Burke for Gourmantic – Copyright: All rights reserved.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.